Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Butler loaded, starting with QB Christian LeMay

A bit more on Butler; watching the Bulldogs’ blowout of Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor Friday, I was impressed by the program’s remarkable team speed. That’s understandable, because right now the team has six seniors and five juniors who project as Division I college players.

That list starts with junior QB Christian LeMay. I covered Butler’s blowout of Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor Friday, and then spoke with him after the game. The first thing you notice is that LeMay, who is listed by everyone at 6-foot-2, is considerably taller than that, at least 6-3 if not more.

He also poised and well-spoken beyond the typical junior, facets that will serve him well in the recruiting process that is already beginning to sizzle.

“I haven’t got any favorites right now; I’m just talking to everybody that comes by,” he said. “I’m taking every offer seriously because you never know where you’re supposed to be.”

LeMay said he already has 12 offers, reaching that figure last week when Mississippi State joined the crowd.”

He was asked about the interest of Carolinas schools.

“The Tar Heels offered; State has not yet,” he said, stopping for a moment to say goodbye to some friends who had watched the game. Clemson and Wake Forest have also proffered scholarships.

And distance from home could be a difference-maker.

“I don’t want to go too far but where God says I’m supposed to be, I’ll be there,” LeMay said.

His other early offers are from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

LeMay wasn’t brilliant Friday. While he has a strong arm, he struggled with accuracy. But he made key plays at the right time and kept the offense under control when the game was close. And, with two more prep seasons in front of him, he’ll only get better.

--Stan Olson

If you know of commitments, offers or upcoming visits, please email me at solson@charlotteobserver.com

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